Delaware State University golfer Elaine Aisha Peete (so.; Ponte Verde, Fla.) has been selected as a 2014 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine (formerly Black Issues in Higher Education).
The prestigious award was created in 1992 to recognize high school and collegiate student-athletes who emulate the legacy of the late Arthur Ashe, the African-American tennis great, civil rights leader and humanitarian. Past recipients include Super Bowl winning quarterback Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks; Univ. of Wisconsin), WNBA great and broadcaster Kara Lawson (Univ. of Tennessee); and former NBA standout Jacque Vaughn (Univ. of Kansas).
2014 Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar nominees must be students of color; have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.2; be an active member of an intercollegiate athletic team during the 2013-14 academic year; and have a demonstrated record of service to the campus or community.
Peete, a forensic science major, is in her second year as a member of the Delaware State University women’s golf team. She is also the niece of legendary pro golfer Calvin Peete, the most successful African-American on the PGA Tour prior to the emergence of Tiger Woods.
Peete and the other 2014 Arthur Ashe Scholars will be honored at an awards luncheon and symposium on April 10 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. The day-long event will include panel discussions, a keynote address and awards presentation.
In addition, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education will publish its annual dedication to scholar-athletes next month.